Pons back in, Lorenzo still out, Marquez unsure – News from the sick bay
Yamaha Factory Racing rider Jorge Lorenzo will not participate in this weekend’s season finale at Valencia. Lorenzo continues to make good progress in recovery following plastic surgery to repair damage to the ring finger of his left hand sustained in Phillip Island three weeks ago. The Mallorcan’s injuries require further recovery time to allow him to ride at a competitive level.
Japanese Yamaha test rider and All Japan Superbike competitor Katsuyuki Nakasuga will make his second appearance in the MotoGP premier class on behalf of 2010 World Champion Lorenzo.
Yamaha Factory Racing’s rider line up for the 1000cc test next week will be confirmed on Monday 7th November.
Meanwhile Moto2 rider Axel Pons will be back on his bike for the final race in Valencia, recovering from a nasty blow to the head which he suffered in a crash during the Malaysian Grand Prix at Sepang, causing the race to be red-flagged. First medical exams discovered a small blood clot in Pons’ brain and he had to stay in Malaysia until last Sunday as a precaution and flew back with a doctor by his side to regularly check his status. Now he seems to be fit enough to return to action and try to end the season on a high note after several nasty injury setbacks so far.
Fellow Moto2 rider Marc Marquez is still in doubt of riding at Valencia, a medical check before the weekend has to determine if he will be fit to ride and retain a mathematical chance of clinching the title. Marquez had to miss the Malaysian Grand Prix after crashing out in practice, only doing three laps in qualifying and finally opting to sit out the race as he was suffering from double vision. Doctors now have to exam if Marquez has recovered from the heavy impact and it’s safe for him to ride again.
Sources: Yamaha Racing, Pons Racing